Vermont health insurance
A guide to finding health insurance in the Green Mountain State
Vermont is #1: it's the nation's healthiest state according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
The good news:
- Vermont has a low uninsured rate and a high level of public health funding.
- Nearly nine in ten students completes high school in four years.
Room for improvement:
- Vermont ranks below the mid-point for binge drinking (27th) and cancer deaths (28th).
- The infant mortality rate jumped by 12 percent from 2011 to 2012, rising from 4.8 to 5.4 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Vermont's best and worst category rankings:
- Infectious Disease – 1st
- Geographic Disparity – 1st
- High School Graduation Rate – 2nd
- Low Birth Weight – 2nd
- Premature Death – 2nd
- Cancer Deaths – 28th
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Vermont.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Vermont health quality findings.
In addition, 2010’s federal health reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), included the creation of a prevention fund to provide more than $16 billion over the next 10 years to invest in effective, proven prevention efforts, like childhood obesity prevention and tobacco cessation, and the site has a report on how it impacts Vermont here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Vermont, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Does Vermont have
a health insurance high risk pool?
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Vermont started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. Learn about eligibility here.
Rapidly becoming obsolete as state health insurance exchanges prepare to open, risk pools were state-sponsored programs that helped people who could afford to buy health insurance, but were not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition.
Programs varied significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state were required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black.
In the best cases, they allowed people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.